Tag Archives: NICU

November 17th is Prematurity Awareness Day. Or is it?

Today is prematurity awareness day. It’s really prematurity awareness month, but sadly the calendar of national health observances is rather full and so prematurity, which affects 12.5% of all babies in the United States, is the #1 cause of death … Continue reading

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An insider tip on surviving the NICU: baking cookies

My first week home from the hospital was terrible. I was just starting to process Aidan’s death and we were trying to figure out what to do with the body. I was still weak from the infection and all the … Continue reading

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Preemie stats

As prematurity awareness month is right around the corner, I wanted to put up some preemie stats so anyone blogging about prematurity in November will have some hard data to use (appreciate a link back). So here goes… In the … Continue reading

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Reflections on coming home from the NICU

I never used to like fall. Coming from Winnipeg, Manitoba autumn meant one thing: 2 weeks of brown leaves. A dull, wet, and brief interlude before winter. As winter in Winnipeg is -40 degrees for 3-4 months the announcement that it … Continue reading

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Leaving the hospital without your baby

Before things went wrong I had mapped out a scene from our future.  I think every parent does. Whether it is your baby’s first smile, how you will look pushing your baby in a stroller, or taking your child to … Continue reading

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What to tell your friends and family when your baby is in the NICU

I was lucky enough to speak at a discussion series for Hand to Hold, a support and mentoring program for parents of premature babies. This was my very first book signing, so I was very anxious to help the moms and … Continue reading

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November 17th is Prematurity Awareness Day

The first few days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) were so strange.  Being an OB/GYN seemed like a lifetime ago.  Even though I had visited this place so many times before, checking on babies that I had delivered, … Continue reading

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